2018 Region 4 South Contest – Sep. 17th to Sep. 22nd
(Practice Days 15th/16th)
For more than forty years, pilots have gathered in New Castle, Virginia to enjoy the challenge of flying its impressive Appalachian ridges, and the warmth and hospitality of the Blue Ridge Soaring Society, which is again hosting this wonderful contest.
Our CD, Richard Kellerman, is an experienced NCI pilot who is committed to setting tasks that are safe, fun, challenging, and rewarding for both experienced and new-to-NCI pilots. Last year, with weak weather, Richard and his task advisors set a variety of tasks that gave pilots the option of staying within glide range of the home field or challenging themselves to fly much further afield within the nominal time set for the task. Everyone got home, everyone completed the tasks, and everyone got speed points (albeit not many for some). Richard is also a firm believer in site mentors and will assign to newcomers, an experienced NCI pilot to act as mentor. Richard provides some perspective on flying at New Castle in this 2007 article from Soaring (Reprinted courtesy of SSA). Kellerman article Soaring 2007
In addition to the above, this year a two-hour workshop will be offered for new-to-NCI pilots to familiarize them with the area and provide tips on safely flying in this area. Optional orientation flights will also be offered.
With Standard, 15-meter, 18-meter classes, and an OLC guest group, the 2018 contest promises the opportunity for everyone to have fun and to compete with great pilots. The contest usually coincides with the fall raptor migration to the south – expect to share the sky with kettles of broad wing hawks, plus golden and bald eagles. The social calendar is also filling out – with food, music and entertaining company.
Practice: Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, 2018
Contest: Monday, September 17, 2018 – Saturday, September 22, 2018
Cost: $370 plus $20 guest BRSS membership (includes 2 non-refundable tows); additional tows are $55
Deposit (refundable until August 15): To hold your place, send $150 check payable to: Region 4 South Contest c/o Lorie Smith 3647 Kenwick Trail Roanoke, VA 24018
Contest Managers: Sandra Danoff (412-973-1417) and Lorie Smith (540-529-4650) or email us at R4SContest@gmail.com.
You must register online at the SSA website: SSA Contest Registration Online.
In order to complete registration on site, you must provide the signed waiver form, along with a valid pilot license, proof of current SSA membership, and proof of insurance (See Regional Class Rule 5.5.3 for specifics).
Other: We fly without water ballast, unless blessed with extremely strong conditions and a long ridge mission. Due to field conditions we do not permit self-launching. If we do not have enough entrants for any specific class, we will combine “adjacent” classes into a FAI Handicapped class.
BRSS is famed for its inviting social environs, prompting one regular to opine that “bringing a glider to the contest just complicates the experience.”
There are several evening meals planned along with nightly impromptu music (bring your instrument) and bonfires to complement the open air “fine dining” experience:
Saturday night — Judge John’s spaghetti dinner (free)
Sunday night — welcome dinner (free)
Monday night — Dinner on your own / open grill.
Tuesday night — BBQ chicken ($15/person)
Wednesday night — Low country boil ($15/person)
Thursday night — Leftovers / potluck /open grill night (free)
Friday night — Glenn Maxwell’s famous BBQ chopped pork ($15/person)
Camping and bathing facilities are available on site. There is a $5/night fee. If you plan to camp, please let us know in advance so we can arrange to have a spot held.
In addition to camping, a number of homes and campers are available for rent, as well as hotels within 20-30 min drive time. A list of options is available by emailing R4SContest@gmail.com.
The contest team is an amazing group of volunteers. We are extremely grateful to everyone who helps make this such a wonderful event!
Lorie Smith and Sandra Danoff, Contest Managers